Bound Brook Firefighters and Mutual Aid Fight 7-Alarm Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – JANUARY 13, 2020 – MONDAY

On Sunday night around 2000 (8pm) hours EST, a massive fire ripped through a 3-story apartment complex under construction located on Mountain Avenue and East Main in Bound Brook, New Jersey.

When firefighters arrived, they immediately escalated the fire  to a multiple alarm fire.  It would soon be necessary to escalate it even higher, as additional units were being requested to respond.   Mutual aid from various areas within the county and even outside their County would respond to the fire, as well as backfilling stations for local area service calls.  The highest level it reached was a seven-alarm fire.

The fire building, a 3-story apartment complex was said to be fully engulfed upon arriving on-scene.  Other exposures would soon be eaten alive by fire, as resources rushed in to try to save them.  Brush fires would be ignited as embers from burning buildings.  So much focus was on their downtown corridor as debris and fires would erupt.  Later the area would be closed off and open to emergency vehicles only.

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Fire was reported by a civilian that it had jumped across the street to another building with propane tanks in the basement.  There were evacuations of those in the area of Drake and Talmage.  Resources were moving from South of Talmage to east to Drake.  All-in-all, it was reported about 100 people were evacuated and half of the town’s residents were without power, which constituted around 3,000 customers.

The Union County Neptune Task Force was called in to do structure protection.  Two additional Task Forces were created within Region 5, Somerset County Task Force 1 that were working out of the command post at the Old Toys-R-Us location and Task Force 2 out of Whole Foods.

At one time, communications on their radio system (6 regions. 6 Ops channels), that their Radio Coordinator responded to reorganize the channels.  It was overloading their system and they worked tirelessly to avoid it from crashing from so much fire traffic.

There were reports of rail cars on fire but were quickly extinguished.  There was no NJ Transit in service but Conrail would place trains back in active motion.  A broadcast over Fire Channels warned firefighters to have their situational awareness on when it comes to trains moving again.

Reports of several homes and multiple buildings, including a second apartment complex across the street on East Main burned to the ground.  A few buildings were reported they collapsed in the area as well.  A collapse zone was established to keep people and firefighters out of the danger zone.

There was one minor injury reported: a firefighter ankle.

There was no preliminary cause released by Somerset County Fire and EMS’ Fire Investigator.

Another update will be released today when more information is known.

Thank you to the many firefighters and those who supported them on this difficult and dangerous fire. 

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Posted 1/13/2020 0840 EST/ 0540 PST

 

STRUCTURE FIRE: Seattle Firefighters Respond to S Holden St House Fires

Seattle, Washington

Firefighters were dispatched to the 3500 block & S Holden Street.  Here is the call log of the incident as we heard it going down.

2102:  Engines 13, 26, 30, 27, 33, 10, 26, 36, 6.  Ladders: 1, 3, 7, 12. Battalions 4, 5.  Aid Unit 14.  Medic Units 28, 44.  Air 9. Deputy1. REHAB1. Safety2. Air260. CommVan. PIO.  Marshal5. 234.  [Per Seattle Fire CAD]

21xx: Time not recorded. First due unit reports: “2 fully single family residences approximately 20×30. Asked immediately for 2nd alarm. Established “Holden Street Command”.

21xx:  E13 laying a pre-connect, on the water hydrant and is now taking a line through the front door. E33 is water supply. E27 is on Charlie side, laying down line to at rear of house. L12 is Search and Rescue west side. E30 is backup for E13.  E26 checking East basement. L12 conducting primary search.

2130: Assignments: “East Branch” B4, E33, E26, L7, L12.

Seattle Fire Buff Unit driven by Lee Kane, Support 4. [Photo by LR Swenson]

Seattle Fire Rehab Unit [Stock Photo by LR Swenson]

2131: Division Charlie/E27: Reporting  fire mostly knocked down. Going to get air bottles exchanged.

2132:  Wset branch requesting one company.  E6 is reassigned to branch.

2133:  E10 reassigned to Charlie Division. REHAB & Staging is located at Air9 unit, west of Command Post.

2136:  Fire knocked down in both buildings. Red Cross needed for 2 displaced adult males.

2137:  L7 exiting building.

2138:  East branch reports Fire under control; doing overhaul.

2139:  IC told: City Light can’t guarantee that the house isn’t energized.  Will take 10 minutes

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Seattle Air Unit [Credit: LR Swenson]

2140:  West branch/E36 &  East branch/E6. Told to exit the building with all of the firefighters.  Power not secure.

2141: Fire under control.  Completing a demob plan. Due to the heat, keeping firefighters a little longer in REHAB.

2142:  “Holden St Command” called Dispatch to confirm 2 Alarm companies.

2145:  All firefighters are out of the West building. E36 PAR. L1, L3 back in service.  40 minutes on incident clock.  PIO on scene.

2146:  Command requests to terminate incident clock.  Says that no burning embers.  Dispatch will discontinue time checks.  Said tap fire will take a little while.

2148:  Power has been secured.

Firefighters help each other with their air bottles at the S. Monroe fire on June 18, 2012. (Photo by Lisa Swenson)

Firefighters help each other with their air bottles (Stock Photo by LR Swenson)

2149:  E10 to report to Command Post.  E27 to replace them.  E6 to complete overhaul in the East branch.  West building power is not secure. City Light is in process of pulling meter.

2200:  Bottles being from Air 260.

2205:  E10 in service, returning.

2207:  Attic on West side is cold.

2208:  Aid14 is back in service.

KUDOS to Seattle Firefighters for getting the fire out Super fast.  The citizens are lucky to have such great Firefighters in their City!  Here’s to a vwarywary qwuiet night. [Shhhh…]

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